Monitoring Viral Persistence in Ebola Survivors in Guinea

According to research conducted by NIH, survivors of Ebola virus disease can retain the virus in certain bodily fluids (i.e., sperm, breast milk, spinal fluid) for up to 32 months after testing negative for Ebola. Researchers in Liberia presented these findings during a regional meeting organized by APC in December 2016, thereby demonstrating the value of continuing surveillance of Ebola survivors and the need for regular testing for viral persistence in the semen of male survivors.